Teacher Tenure Laws

By: AP
By: AP

The Republican-controlled Michigan House is poised to vote on bills that would change the tenure system for teachers in the state.
Proposals could come up for votes Thursday afternoon. Sponsors of the legislation say it's aimed at removing ineffective teachers from the classroom unless their performance improves.
Current Michigan law places teachers on probation for their first four full school years. The House proposal would lengthen the probationary period to five years.
The proposal would allow for teachers who are on probation to be dismissed at any time. Teachers would have to be rated as "effective" or better on their three most recent performance evaluations to get off probation.
Tenured teachers could be placed back on probation if they are rated as ineffective. Continued poor ratings would result in dismissal.


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